Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals what Amad Diallo will bring to Manchester United

18-year-old joins from the Serie A side for an initial £18m fee

Ben Burrows
Thursday 07 January 2021 16:48 GMT
Atalanta winger Amad Diallo
Atalanta winger Amad Diallo (Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United have snapped up one of the "most exciting young prospects in the game" with the signing of Amad Diallo from Atalanta.

United reached an agreement with the Serie A outfit for the 18-year-old on 5 October, subject to a medical, work permit and medical terms.

United have now confirmed those steps have been completed and an application has been made for a visa, which once issued will allow Diallo to travel to Manchester and link up with Solskjaer's side.

The United manager is delighted to have finally got the deal over the line and is eager to see what his latest signing can do.

“As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game," he said.

“Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.

“It will take time for him to adapt but his speed, vision and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition.

"He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come.”

The initial fee for the teenager is understood to be £18.7m, with an additional £17.8m possible in add-ons and the man himself can't wait to get started.

“After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United," he added.

"I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.

“This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game. The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.

“I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally, and I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”

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